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Three Days of the Condor
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Three Days of the Condor

Three Days of the Condor is an United States motion picture made in 1975. It was directed by Stanley Schneider and directed by Sydney Pollack.

The movie is a suspense drama set in contemporary New York City, and is considered an exposition of the moral ambiguity of the actions of the United States government following the Vietnam War and Watergate. It stars Robert Redford as an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency who inadvertently becomes involved in a deadly power struggle within the agency.

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1 Plot
2 Credits
3 See also
4 External link


Warning: Plot details follow.

Turner (Redford) is a CIA employee who works in a clandestine office in New York City. He is not an agent, but rather his job is to read books, newspapers, and magazines from around the world looking for hidden elaborations of known CIA operations. One day he slips out a basement entrance for lunch. In his absence a group of armed men (led by an assassin later identified as Joubert (Max von Sydow)) gains entrance to the office and kills everyone there. Turner returns, realizes he is in grave danger, and telephones a phone number at CIA headquarters he has been given for emergencies.

When he phones in, he is placed under the direction of Higgins, a top level agent (Cliff Robertson). Higgins directs Turner to keep quiet and they will send an agent out named Wicks to "bring him in" to protection.

During the rendezvous with Wicks, a Wicks is shot and killed and Turner escapes with his life. Now realizing that he cannot trust anyone within the CIA, Turner calls in again and now assumes an identity as a rogue operative, calling himself "Condor" and begins to play a cat-and-mouse game with Higgins.

Turner now sets off to solve the mystery of the killings on his own. While escaping from pursuers he ducks into a clothing boutique and takes Kathy Hale (Faye Dunaway) hostage at gunpoint and makes her take him home to her apartment, where he hold her prisoner while he attempts to figure out the mystery.

Eventually he convinces Hale that he is not a madman, and they make love (the scene was controversial for its sexually explicit content at the time).

Using his previous experience as a telephone technician, he is able to track down Joubert and begins to discern that a rogue presence inside CIA ("A CIA within the CIA") is conducting top secret and nonstandard convert operations. At one point he comes face-to-face with Joubert again, but escapes another attempt on his life.

He learns that Joubert was hired by the rogue element in the CIA to kill all the people in the New York office because they had stumbled on one of the rogue element's plots to invade the Middle East during an oil crisis.

He tracks down the mastermind of the covert operation in his home outside Washington, D.C and breaks into his house to wake him up. Before he can confront him, however, Joubert arrives and kills the CIA mastermind but tells Turner that he is not interested in killing him anymore, since the contract has changed. He tries to convince Turner to become like him, a man who plays both sides, but Turner says he likes living in the United States too much.

Turner goes back to New York and meets Higgins on the street. Higgins tells Turner that eventually they will catch up to him. Turner says he will go to the press (they are standing outside the New York Times office) but Higgins says, "Who will believe you?", smiles and walks away, leaving Turner protesting that someone will indeed believe him.



Cast (partial)

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